ashing maple sap buckets on the front porch. Now most of our trees are tapped with plastic tubing, but we still hang about 600 buckets- and still have to wash them at the end of the season.
Our twin-screw cider press was purchased from the Empire State Press Co. in 1882. It was originally run by water power, but was moved from the mill pond in the early 1900's and is now turned down by hand and electricity. That's me, Willis Wood, turning down the press. We make about 200 gallons of cider per pressing. Take a look below to see a nice etching of the press from the original catalog.
Augustus Aldrich, my grandfather's cousin, and the man from whom I learned to make syrup and jelly , boiling maple syrup at the turn of the century. And our friend Ahmet Baycu stoking our wood fired stainless steel evaporator.
My great, great uncle C.F. Aldrich, the third generation on the farm and the first to make cider jelly, and his son Frank canning maple syrup around 1910. And Ahmet and our son Josh, the seventh generation on the farm, filling and capping cider jelly jars.